UK 2000

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Samples included

Sample description
Country: UK 2000
Study title: The National Survey of Time Use
Collector: Ipsos-RSL, sponsored by the Office for National Statistics, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR); the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS); the Department for Employment and Education (DEE); the Department of Health, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

50% of the funding provided by the ESRC; 10% of the funding provided by each of the following: Office for National Statistics; Department of Health; Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions; Department of Culture, Media and Sport; Department for Education and Employment
When conducted: June 2000- September 2001
Sampling method and study design: This study collects the UK contribution to the Harmonised European Time Use Studies (HETUS) data. The results of the main survey will be used by government departments, academics and other policy makers (for example the Equal Opportunities Commission), to monitor how people use their time and help shape policies.

The sample of addresses is selected from the Postcode Address File (PAF). One household per address is randomly selected. A household interview is carried out with a householder (ie the person in whose name the property is owned or rented, or their spouse/partner). All individuals over the age of 8 are then asked to complete an individual interview, as well as two diaries on pre-assigned days (one a weekday and one a weekend day)

The survey aimed to collect 24,000 diaries (2 diaries for each of the 12,000 individuals taking part). Each participant was asked to complete two diaries

Adult diaries (given to people aged 14+) covered one day from 04:00 until 03:59 the next morning, and were devided into 10 minute time slots. Diaries collected main activity, secondary ativity, where activities took place, and who else was present. Respondents recorded information on main and secondary activities and location in their own words. The who else was present column included the categories
  • alone or with strangers
  • with children living with you aged 10-14
  • with other household members
  • with other people that you know
and respondents ticked all relevant boxes

Children aged 8 to 13 completed child diaries. Child diaries also covered one day, started at 04:00 and were divided into 10 minutes time slots. Child diaries covered main activities and where activities took place ( completed in the children's own words), and four options for who else present (with tick all that apply boxes)
  • alone or with stranger
  • with parents
  • with other people in the household
  • with other people that you know
All diaries were administered in English, though advance letters were sent in both English and Welsh in Wales, and Welsh-speaking interviewers administered questionnaires in Welsh and offered translation advice on the diaries for Welsh speakers in Wales. In cases where respondents had difficulties speaking, reading or writing English, Ipsos-RSL tried to find another household member or a neighbour to help the respondent complete the diary
Sample size: 11667 people completed questionnaire information and the study collected 20980 diaries, 19620 of which are quality diaries
Response rate: The net diary response rate (completed diaries for sampled households) was 45%
Weighting procedures: Weights correct for non-response and to balance the distribution of diaries across the days of the week and season of the year. The data include both grossed (to reflect the whole UK population) and ungrossed weights
Sources of information: Survey documents from the period of collection appear in the documentation below.

See also: Sandra Short. Review of the UK 2000 Time Use Survey: a summary of the organization of the survey, the use made of the data and points to take forward to further surveys of this kind.London: Office for National Statistics
Available documentation: Diary Adult
Diary Child

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